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06:50 PM, January 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:26 PM, January 26, 2019

Why the dearth of up and coming leg spinners in Bangladesh?

The veteran Alok Kapali was the first bowler from Bangladesh to bag a hattrick in Test cricket, after he attained the feat against Pakistan in 2003. The part-time leg-spinner today commented upon why leg-spinners are not coming up through the ranks in Bangladesh cricket.

Even a new international side like Afghanistan have someone like Rashid Khan in their ranks while they also have a left-arm chinaman in Zahir Khan, who is playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Khulna Titans. Alok, a leg-spinner himself, led his side to victory as the Sylhet Sixers captain today with a cameo knock and then two wickets and he said that lack of opportunities was the reason for the dearth of leg-spinners.

“I think that in our domestic circuit, the leg-spinners are not given opportunities. The more a leg-spinner gets to play, the better he will perform. If a leg-spinner tries then he can be the game changer and right now we are seeing that in a lot of teams,” he said.

Leg spinners may go for runs but they also tend to be attacking bowlers who can produce wickets in crucial moments. Alok believes that the ones with talent, who are performing in the domestic circuit should be handed more opportunities.

“I feel that the leg spinners who are playing at the top level in Bangladesh should be given chances in domestic games,” he concluded.

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